Resources for Reporters

Media Matters is an initiative designed to increase awareness about the importance of culturally sensitive language and images when reporting about individuals with disabilities and their families.

The following resources provide journalists with the tools they need to communicate effectively and appropriately about individuals with disabilities and topics related to disability issues.

The American Press Institute

http://www.americanpressinstitute.org/pages/toolbox/
This online resource includes a "Reporter's Toolbox" that provides current information about reporting on issues that relate to diverse populations, including individuals with disabilities.

The American Psychological Association

http://www.apastyle.org/disabilities.html
The Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology has created a useful set of guidelines for writing about disabilities in APA journals. While journalists often rely on the Associated Press Stylebook for grammar and language usage, the APA's guidelines provide additional information about using "non-handicapping" language.

The Associated Press

http://www.apbookstore.com
The Associated Press Stylebook is widely used among journalists, and includes a section on disabilities.

National Center on Disability and Journalism

http://www.ncdj.org/join.html
The National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) is an independent journalism organization with a mission to educate journalists and educators about disability reporting to produce more accurate, fair and diverse news reporting.

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